- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
Michigan continued its recruiting hot streak by adding defensive back Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) to the 2015 class on Friday. Crawford is the third ESPN Junior 300 commit for the Wolverines and will help bolster the depth chart almost immediately.
He is the sixth cornerback commitment for Michigan over the past three classes, which shows just how big of a need it was. The Wolverines have landed four ESPN 300 cornerbacks since 2012, including the No. 2 overall prospect in 2014, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic).
Michigan has five commitments for the 2015 class, not including grayshirt commit Brady Pallante, who committed in the 2014 class but counts towards 2015 numbers.
The exact numbers aren’t set, but there is a good chance Michigan takes three or four defensive backs in this class. Tyree Kinnel (Wayne, Ohio/Huber Heights) could be in the fold sooner rather than later as he will be visiting Michigan on Saturday and very well could be nearing a decision.
The scholarship count for 2015 is going to be low once again; it looks like there are around 15 spots. The running back position is probably filled with commitment Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern), Michigan has its kicker locked up with Andrew David (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and a start to the offensive line with Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s Prep) in the fold.
Michigan has offered only one quarterback in the 2015 class, Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), but that position will be crucial as depth is low at quarterback. Fortunately for Michigan, there are plenty of options in this class including Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) and Riley Neal (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown), among others.
The rest of the class is still up for grabs, but Michigan is well on its way to yet another highly ranked group for 2015.
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